Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Some Pig and Rat

Are you ever disappointed when you read a book and then watch the movie? Perhaps the character isn’t portrayed exactly how you had imagined. Or the voice is all wrong.

Well, I love the comic strip Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis. I purchased this strip several years ago after the syndicate rep pitched it to me. (For those not-in-the-know, I purchase and negotiate contracts for all of the newspaper’s features, which includes everything from syndicated columns to comic strips to puzzles.) So, you can imagine how psyched I was when I got an e-mail telling me that Pig and Rat and their pals are now animated.

Seconds later, I was on comics.com checking out the cartoon.  I wondered what the Crocs' accents would sound like. If Pig's voice would be what I heard in my head. I wasn't disappointed.

The animated strip, which is produced by Ringtales, runs between 20 and 50 seconds, and includes a brief caption on what that day's strip is about.

My son is a huge Pearls fan, too, and reads the strip every day. I think we have every Pearls book ever published. It's hard not to love the slow-witted Pig and the arrogant Rat.

So, have you ever been disappointed by how a character was portrayed on TV or on the silver screen? If so, which character/movie?


  1. Thank you!!! PBS (haha) is just about my favorite comic. No. Make that IS my favorite comic. Bucky Katt is just too mean to Satchel sometimes.

  2. Yes. I'm sorry to say but Harry Potter 3 - 7 was disappointing. I so loved the book and Harry's character arc that the movie was just so...well, disappointing.

  3. Yes. We were really disappointed with the Percy Jackson movie and didn't love Harry Potter 6. I think sometimes we have an idea of who a character is or what part of the story we want shown and the animation/movie doesn't come out the same way.